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  • Separation anxiety in children

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    Separation anxiety in children

    Due to COVID-19, many children are spending more time at home with their parents. During this pandemic, kids have learned about the risks of being around large groups of people. They’ve followed new rules about wearing a mask, hand washing and social distancing. But now, as schools and activities resume, many children – even those who were once excited to go to school – feel intense separation anxiety about leaving their parents’ side.

  • Should my family travel during COVID-19?

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    Should my family travel during COVID-19?

    Many families rely on summer vacations to see relatives, relax and spend time together. When coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread this spring, many people canceled their existing travel plans. However, as states begin to reopen and families try to navigate their "new normal," some are wondering if they can plan any type of vacation in a safe way.

  • 6 tips to prevent COVID-19 and other viruses

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    6 tips to prevent COVID-19 and other viruses

    As kids head back to school each year, they are at an increased risk of catching a virus. This year, there's the added fear that children may get COVID-19 while in the classroom if they return to school in-person.

  • How to care for your child's face mask

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    How to care for your child's face mask

    In schools across Texas, all children ages 10 or older are required to wear masks throughout the school day, following the governor's executive order. Many parents have questions about how to clean face masks, how many their children should have on hand and how to get their children to wear face masks and keep them on.

  • How to support athletes through changes during COVID-19

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    How to support athletes through changes during COVID-19

    When cases of COVID-19 first began to spread across the U.S., young athletes had to adjust quickly to online school – and a canceled spring sports season. Now, as schools navigate reopening, athletes are still adjusting and tentatively preparing for a new sports season.

  • How athletes can safely return to sports after social distancing

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    How athletes can safely return to sports after social distancing

    Whenever an athlete takes extended time away from training and play, such as during recovery from a sports injury, it’s important to take steps to safely return to play. Athletes of all ages recently faced a unique situation when spring sports seasons were cut short due to social distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

  • Indoor and at-home exercises for kids

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    Indoor and at-home exercises for kids

    Regular physical activity is an important part of overall health, especially for growing children. Being active not only improves a child's physical health, it also offers cognitive and emotional benefits such as improving attention span and mental well-being.

  • How young athletes can stay active while social distancing

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    How young athletes can stay active while social distancing

    With the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), families around the world are facing major changes in their day-to-day lives. Communities are taking actions to stay safe, including practicing social distancing measures, canceling events and temporarily closing schools.

  • What parents should know about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and COVID-19

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    What parents should know about multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and COVID-19

    With the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), researchers have been dedicated to learning more about how this new virus spreads, symptoms and possible ways to treat illness. Early data suggest that symptoms of COVID-19 are often respiratory and that children are not at increased risk for severe illness. However, new concerns are being raised about an unusual inflammatory response in children that may be related to coronavirus.

  • Should I let my child have a playdate during COVID-19?

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    Should I let my child have a playdate during COVID-19?

    As summer begins and many states relax social distancing guidelines, you may be wondering if you can start setting up playdates for your children again. They may be wondering, too, and asking when they can see their friends.

  • Breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

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    Breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

    If you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has probably stirred up all kinds of emotions. Maybe you are asking yourself questions.

  • How to clean and disinfect your home during COVID-19

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    How to clean and disinfect your home during COVID-19

    Spring cleaning has long been a trend but sparkling clean counters and disinfected doorknobs have never been more important than they are right now. That's because one recommended precaution to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is to disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

  • What is coronavirus?

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    What is coronavirus?

    Coronaviruses (CoV) are a family of viruses that can infect both humans and animals. There are several types of coronaviruses that can infect humans. Some coronaviruses are common and cause mild cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, headache and cough. Other types of coronaviruses, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)-CoV and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)-CoV, have caused more severe illnesses when outbreaks occurred.

  • How to help kids with autism cope with COVID-19

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    How to help kids with autism cope with COVID-19

    The uncertainty we’re experiencing during the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be overwhelming for all children, but this time can be particularly challenging for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

  • How to support your child's online learning

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    How to support your child's online learning

    At-home learning, also known as online learning, is how some schools are continuing to provide for students' educational needs from a distance. Schools offering this option are using a variety of online tools for your child's education. Make sure you are reading all your child's school communications to ensure you have access to and are using the right tools. Remember, even a high-achieving student may need some parental guidance while learning virtually.

  • Do face masks prevent coronavirus?

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    Do face masks prevent coronavirus?

    As cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) rise, many families are looking for information on the best ways to prevent its spread and to stay healthy. Researchers and health care officials are actively working to understand more about this pandemic, and new information is released every day.

  • Back-to-school anxiety during COVID-19

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    Back-to-school anxiety during COVID-19

    While back-to-school is typically a time of excitement, it's normal for kids to experience some degree of anxiety as a new school year approaches. Younger children may get nervous about leaving their parents, and older children may worry about academics or how they'll fit in with their friends after spending time apart during summer.

  • Should my child attend daycare or summer camp during COVID-19?

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    Should my child attend daycare or summer camp during COVID-19?

    During the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), parents have been navigating uncharted waters. Now, as plans allow the reopening of child care centers and youth camps in Texas, parents are facing a new question: Is it okay to send your child to daycare or summer camp during the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • 10 tips for handling summer boredom

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    10 tips for handling summer boredom

    Over the summer, without classmates or schoolwork, many children find themselves a little bored. This year, when children have already been out of school for so long and may not be able to enjoy summer camps, vacations or their regular activities, boredom may be even worse.

  • 8 tips for managing screen time during COVID-19

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    8 tips for managing screen time during COVID-19

    Ever try to make a work call with children underfoot? No doubt, this has been a common experience as families stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Many parents have had their hands full as they try to work, manage household chores and perform the job of homeschool teacher.

  • 7 tips to help your child wear a face mask

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    7 tips to help your child wear a face mask

    As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) continues to spread, it’s important to take steps to stay healthy, such as frequently washing hands and practicing social distancing. One important precaution families should take is wearing a face mask in public, especially in situations where social distancing is difficult.

  • 6 summer safety tips for teens during the coronavirus pandemic

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    6 summer safety tips for teens during the coronavirus pandemic

    Summer is typically a time of fun and relaxation for children and teens – offering a break from school and long days filled with swimming, cookouts, travel and time with friends. This summer, however, poses unique challenges and risks as cases of COVID-19 continue to spread and many families wonder how to navigate summer plans during a pandemic.

  • 6 tips for doctor appointments during COVID-19

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    6 tips for doctor appointments during COVID-19

    As cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread, many families are taking steps to stay healthy such as staying home as much as possible. While social distancing is an important part of preventing the spread of COVID-19, delaying essential trips like medical appointments can come with its own set of risks.

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